Fire safety tar­gets se­niors

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - — Kevin Con­nor

The city’s fire chief kicked of Safety Aware­ness Month, which fo­cuses on se­nior cit­i­zens this year, at an East York build­ing where two se­niors died in fires re­cently.

June is fire safety month and this year Toronto Fire Ser­vices has teamed up with Toronto Com­mu­nity Hous­ing — which has 22 com­plexes ded­i­cated to se­nior living — to keep things safe.

“Peo­ple over 65 are twice as likely to be in­jured in a fire and we are de­ter­mined to change that,” Chief Matthew Pegg said Thurs­day out­side Green­wood Tow­ers, near Dan­forth and Green­wood Aves., where two se­niors have died in accidental smok­ing fires in the last six months.

The TFS will be go­ing door-to-door at the TCH in­de­pen­dent se­niors’ build­ing as well as pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions fo­cus­ing on safe cook­ing and smok­ing, can­dle and elec­tri­cal safety, the need for es­cape plans for those with spe­cial needs and in­for­ma­tion on smoke and CO alarms.

“Ten­ant safety is a top pri­or­ity for Toronto Com­mu­nity Hous­ing, which is why we have en­hanced our proac­tive fire life safety pro­gram across our port­fo­lio,” said Kathy Mil­som, pres­i­dent of TCH.

“In TCH build­ings the ma­jor­ity of fires are caused by hu­man be­hav­iour, which makes aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion so im­por­tant,” she said.

TFS has also part­nered with Toronto Pub­lic Li­braries to en­sure fire safety in­for­ma­tion is avail­able in the 98 li­brary branches.

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